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Sunday, December 29, 2013

a little lavender

just used some of my daughter's lavender aveeno lovely.
these photos are from 2 years ago and inspire me to pay attention to the lavender plants this year.

here are some tiny bouquets just for eye balm
chives and mint

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

winter soil

 63 is my all-time favorite temperature.  got some bed prep done today.
my antidote for complicated Christmas.

our kitty is my companion whenever i work in the garden.  

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


stepped outside, and it was just like a snowglobe; fat snowflakes falling ever so softly 'round

Monday, December 9, 2013

sylvan ornament

something about raindrops gets me.
these are right at that point where they are not quite frozen.
really, the prettiest ornaments-

somebody did this, and i love it!!!!
(click on the words above)

Monday, December 2, 2013

my mom

my mom has a japanese bitter orange (poncirus trifoliata) tree growing in her back yard.  
she took me out there the day after thanksgiving to gather some up for making pomanders with cloves.
 the thorns on this are lethal!  
in the end, she gave the tree trunk a nudge with her foot to shake the little oranges loose.
 then we gathered lots of little rosebud-shaped pinecones from her neighbor's hemlock tree.
  she disappeared for awhile, and came back with these shaggy pinecones. 
this was her favorite sweet little happy pinecone.